We’ve already learned that the screenwriter on both Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan has got to work on one of the stand-alone movies that will debut after Star Wars: Episode VII.
It’s not quite sure if Kasdan is writing the Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off or the Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off, but the writer has said in a new interview that he wants to ‘start fresh’ with the franchise.
Director of the underrated Grand Canyon, Kasdan told the Los Angeles Times:
I’m trying to start fresh. There are certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that they’ve been missing, and we’re hoping to bring them that and at the same time have them feel it’s all new.
George sort of brought me into this part of it, and he’s stepping back from the company. He’s sort of given his blessing to everybody and he’ll be there if you need him. I think everyone’s interested to see where this can go. It’s been some very different places over the last 30 years … I think with JJ we’ll get something entirely new.
Finally, Kasdan, who also wrote classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Body Heat, exclusively revealed the deeper reason between why the first three Star Wars films are so beloved and why The Empire Strikes Back was valued above all others:
The ones I worked on were a long time ago, and they had a slightly different feeling than the ones that followed…The first three, ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Empire’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ are all sort of more about people than the ones that followed. ‘Empire’ appeals to people, I think, because it’s the second act of a three-act play, and everything sort of goes to hell during the movie. And when you leave, everyone is in trouble, and that is the best part of the story to write. And people responded to it. Irvin Kershner was a completely different kind of director than George, so the movie’s much darker than the first ‘Star Wars.’ It’s more edgy.
Sounds like Star Wars universe future is in good hands.
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Source: The LA Times